How to Add a Thimble to a Wire Rope

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How to Add a Thimble to a Wire Rope
A wire thimble placed inside the eye loop keeps the loop from being crushed when in use. (rope image by Edsweb from

Another name for wire rope is cable. A thimble is used on the loop end of the cable to prevent it from crushing. Wire rope is most often used in industrial settings. If you're a homeowner, you may wish to use wire ropes as tie-downs for boats, antennas and support cables. The wire thimble looks like a horseshoe that is wide enough for a cable to sit inside the edges. A ferrule is the connector that holds the end of the wire rope together to make a loop.

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Things you need

  • Wire rope
  • Ferrule
  • Wire thimble
  • C'9 cable cutter
  • Safety glasses

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  1. 1

    Place the ferrule over the end of the wire rope. Slide it down the wire rope three to four inches. Loop the end of the wire rope and place it through the remaining opening of the ferrule.

  2. 2

    Place the wire thimble inside the loop. Slide the ferrule up the rope until the thimble is securely in place.

  3. 3

    Squeeze the ferrule with the cable cutters to close it around the wire rope and hold the thimble in place.

  4. 4

    Test the loop by placing a finger through the thimble and pull. Make sure the ferrule is securely attached.

  5. 5

    Cut the wire rope end extending past the crimped ferrule.

Tips and warnings

  • Always wear safety glasses when cutting wire.

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